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Improving the Tools for the Planning, Reporting and Assessment of Cultural Policies for Human Development

An international team of researchers is preparing a major international project aimed at mapping and systematising the tools needed for analysing, planning, reporting and assessing cultural policies for human development. The assignment has been formulated by a project planning group comprising representatives of the Swedish Ministry of Culture, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, in consultation with UNESCO.

The aims of this project are as follows:

  • to provide an overview of tools, qualitative and quantitative indicators required or desirable for the formulation, implementation, reporting and assessment of cultural policies for development, and to provide justification for their need and use;
  • to map and document the existing theoretical, methodological and institutional tools;
  • to identify major 'gaps' in the existing methodologies and 'toolboxes';
  • to make suggestions on major deficiencies to be addressed through research and development measures or through betterment in the practical application of existing knowledge and tools;
  • to make suggestions on relevant and feasible methodologies adapted to different cultural policy environments (international, regional and local) in social, political, cultural and economic contexts.

An interactive website will be up and running in the near future. In the meantime, the project team would appreciate receiving any comments, submissions or advice relating to the substantive content of the project, similar projects underway, or information about organisations, agencies and initiatives (governmental, NGO or private) in the field of culture and development to which they could send a copy of the questionnaire.

For further information about the project, please contact: Mr Colin Mercer, Professor of Cultural Policy, Director of Cultural Policy and Planning Research Unit, The Nottingham Trent University, Broadway Media Centre, 14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham NG1 3AL, United Kingdom, tel.: +44 (0) 115 848 4920; fax: +44 (0) 115 848 4921; e-mail: colin.mercer@ntu.ac.uk; http://human.ntu.ac.uk/cppru

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Promoting a Reading Culture

The East African Book Development Association Launches a New Regional Book Development Project

The East African Book Development Association (EABDA) is a regional forum for the co-ordination of book sector activities in East Africa. Its mission is to promote a reading culture in the three East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania through the development of all functions within the book chain and to encourage cross-border trade in books.

A three-year regional book development project was launched in April 2001. The East African Book Development Project was financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) with a start-up grant.

The project aims at making a sustainable and longer-term impact. It has a centralised management system to ensure that activities in all the three countries are implemented in parallel.

The project's three major themes are the following:

  • policy formulation,
  • book industry development, and
  • promotion of a readership culture.

The activities include library development in schools and community centres, community-based information bazaars, reading promotion media campaigns, institutional capacity building, membership campaigns for associations, advocacy for the formulation of national book policies, professional training for stakeholders, research and trade facilitation, publication of newsletters and 'Books-in-Print' catalogues, a revolving book fund, and local and international networking.

For more information, please contact: EABDA, P.O. Box 13422, Nairobi, Kenya, tel./fax: 254-2-447815; e-mail: ruth@nbnet.co.ke

(Source: INASP Newsletter - June 2001)

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Instituto de Empresa: Euro-Latin American Center

A Call for Proposals for the Research Internship Programme


This programme promotes research into the key themes in the development of business relations between Latin America and Europe.

Professors and researchers in business administration or related fields are welcome to participate. The candidates must have previous research experience in projects related to the stimulation of business activities in both regions.

During their internship in the Euro-Latin American Center, the selected candidates will work on assigned projects, periodically reporting on their progress to a designated tutor. In addition, the researchers will have an opportunity to contribute to the teaching activities of the Instituto de Empresa. It is expected that the research will result in case studies or journal articles for publication.

Depending on the complexity of the project, the internship will consist of 2 to 6 months in residence at the Center. In the acceptance letter, the candidate will receive confirmation of the duration of the internship.

Research topics

The Euro-Latin American Center considers the following research topics to be of particular interest:

  • Best practices in business administration in Europe and Latin America. Priority will be given to ongoing research into the best practices in marketing, finance, operations, management behaviour and human resources in Europe and Latin America.
  • Institutional framework and business development in Latin America. These studies will principally concentrate on the experiences of companies operating in the region.
  • Globalisation and cross-cultural management in Latin American countries. Special emphasis will be placed on case studies of European firms active in Latin America.
  • Internationalisation strategies and economic development of Latin America. The research will focus on the internationalisation of foreign companies in Latin America and their contribution to the economic development of the continent.

Benefits for programme participants

During the Internship Programme, the participants will receive a monthly research support of US$ 1500. In addition, they will be provided with the following:

  • Office space, Internet access, e-mail account, and basic office services such as telephone, photocopier, fax and library services;
  • Designated tutor and collaborative advice from professors in the Instituto de Empresa;
  • Opportunity to establish contacts with European and Latin American companies.


Interested persons should submit following documentation:

  • Cover letter;
  • Research proposal consisting of 7 - 10 pages describing the importance of the proposed research, specifying the hypotheses, objectives, methodology, bibliography, and expected results;
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of recent publications and the current e-mail address;
  • Writing sample (article, case study);
  • Two letters of recommendation from knowledgeable specialists in the proposed field of study.

Applications may be submitted at any time. The scheduled dates for evaluation are January 31, April 30, July 30 and October 31. Decisions will be communicated to the applicants one month following the evaluation of proposals.

For additional information, please contact: Camelia Ilie, Deputy Director, Euro-Latin American Center, Instituto de Empresa, Calle Pinar, 15-3a, 28006 Madrid, Spain, tel.: +34 91 745 1334; fax: +34 91 745 1376; e-mail: camelia.ilie@ie.edu; http://www.ie.edu

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The Banff Centre Media & Visual Arts

Thematic Residency 2002

The Banff Centre Media & Visual Arts Thematic Residency 2002 is entitled Up Front and Personal. What is the meaning of this syntagm? Reality television demands that we always perform for the camera. Canada's populist prime minister Pierre Trudeau stated in the late 1960s that the government had no business in the bedrooms of the nation, but today, it seems that everyone else does. Can a culture share a voracious, sadistic appetite for the minutiae of private lives and yet express an intense desire for intimacy and personal transformation in art-making and daily life? Could this be an opportunity to rethink the values of privacy in the first place?

Up Front and Personal will bring together 35 artists from around the world. Apply now. The whole world is watching!

Residency dates: 22 April to 7 June 2002.

The resource facilities include ceramics, mixed media, computer arts/new media, painting, paper media, performance art, photography, print media, sculpture, television and video, textiles.

All the studios and smaller office-type rooms are well equipped. Residents can negotiate the amount of staff technical support. Although standard audio/visual equipment needs can be met through rentals from the Banff Centre, the residents are advised to bring their own computers, tools, and specialized devices.

Media & Visual Arts residencies may be considered for credit at other education institutions.

For more information, please contact: The Banff Centre, Jennifer Woodbury, Box 1020, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff, Alberta, Canada T0L 0C0; tel.: +1 403 762 6302; fax: +1 403 762 6665; e-mail: jennifer_woodbury@banffcentre.ca; http://www.banffcentre.ca/mva

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In Transit

The New Berlin Laboratory Transforming the Arts

Hoping to encourage discussion, exchange and new artistic developments, the House of World Cultures has recently started an annual performing arts project entitled In Transit, which will invite curators from various countries and with different cultural backgrounds.

The Lab, a laboratory for transformed arts, is the centrepiece of this new venue, which will host thirty to forty artists from the areas of performance, music and video, coming from extremely different cultural contexts, to live an exchange for five to ten days. This forum will be accessible to the audience on a daily basis with productions, lectures, improvisations and discussions. The leitmotifs are artistic work as a political responsibility and ritual as a way of life and a strategy to redefine urban life.

In Transit will also develop a new forum, New Conversations, within the framework of which artists from different continents will work together over a period of some months in at least two phases, each, in turn, in the cultural context of the other. The substance for this cooperation is cultural difference.

In Transit 2002 and 2003 will be one unit of production, connected by the awards intended for new productions or works which could not be realised without international support, especially those dealing with transcultural processes.

For more information, please contact: Sieglinde Tuschy, Networking/International Relations, Haus der Kulturen de Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany, tel.: ++49-30-397 87 0; fax: ++49-30-394 86 79; e-mail: tuschy@hkw.de; http://www.hkw.de/